Home to Stay

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Wounded in her divorce, Lark Couldray is determined to create a new life at Moana Point.
Transforming the Katherine Bay homestead into a B & B attracts unforeseen problems, like falling for her young neighbour, Zach Callahan. It’s almost cradle snatching! When her plans are sabotaged Lark turns to Zach for help .. and they soon find themselves in far more serious danger ... More
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About Shirley Wine

I have lived in New Zealand’s beautiful farming country all my life. After growing up in rural South Auckland I married Martin, and together we’ve farmed sheep, cattle, dairy cows and run a kiwifruit orchard. This rural lifestyle provides a rich source of settings and inspiration for my stories.

For many years we’ve been based in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty region – an area famed for productive land, generous rainfall, beautiful beaches, abundant seafood and lush verdant growth.

The Bay, stretching from East Cape to the tip of the Coromandel Peninsular, was named by Captain James Cook in the 1700′s when local Maori tribes provided his crew with food and hospitality, a trait that persists among its inhabitants to this day.

An ardent fan of romance, I love exploring human hopes and frailties, aspirations, love and laughter. Why Romance? To me, first and last, family matters. And Romance is all about reaffirming and celebrating family values.

I enjoy reading and writing about people who overcome adversity and commit to a relationship. I firmly believe there are romance heroes because I have one at home.

As a mother of five, sister to six siblings, and aunt to twenty (and that’s only on my side of the family) I know that the best things in life never come easy. Intimate experience of grief and anguish of life’s trials and the joy of overcoming tragedy shine through in my emotionally gripping novels.

Writing has always been a major part of my life. For years I wrote a Country Comment column for The New Zealand Herald and freelanced on local and regional newspapers in the Bay. Years living in small towns with all their joys, trials and tribulations add an extra dimension to stories.

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About the Series: A Katherine Bay Romance
Katherine Bay, a coastal town on New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula, where friendships a formed and family means everything.

Also in Series: A Katherine Bay Romance

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Reviews of Home to Stay by Shirley Wine

Cathy Geha reviewed on April 1, 2020

Home to Stay by Shirley Wine
A Katherine Bay Romance #7

Family plays a big part in this story. Zach has a superbly supportive family while Lark has lacked a loving cozy family for most of her life. The two should not have anything in common but from their first encounter after not seeing one another for years it is evident these two will find a way to be together before the end of the book.

What I liked:
* Zach: a good, caring, insightful man who knew what he wanted and went all out to get it. He was a great book boyfriend
* Lark: a woman with a plan to move on from her bad past. She had a plan and would stick with it. The plan did not include a man...not at first anyway
* Zach’s family: loving, kind, supporting and there for one another
* Blair: interesting and important to more than one character in the book
* The way family played a part...good family and bad
* The story, plotting, character development and writing style
* Being in New Zealand for the romance
* The mystery of who was creating havoc and why
* All of it really except…

What I didn’t like:
* Lark’s ex-husband – a total waste of space
* The bad guy(s) – such amoral hateful people
* Lark’s mother – such a miserable, mean and selfish woman

Did I like this book? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Definitely

Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review.

5 Stars
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
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